this is why we embrace safety

Working for a safer world, we help to ensure that your products are compliant. From simple toys to advanced technologies, we create safer living environments so that you and your loved ones never have to worry. Ultimately, that is why we embrace safety.

Our mission

Working for a Safer World

Our values

Integrity, Honesty, Quality & Fairness

Our Services

Inspection

We design and implement customized inspection programs to meet your unique needs. Whether it’s evaluating on-site, in UL facilities, or in the field, we independently assess defined criteria to help you understand and close compliance gaps.

Auditing

We provide holistic and objective assessments of your facilities, processes and systems to either industry-wide or manufacturer requirements. Through comprehensive audit reports, we help you address the evolving challenges of the global marketplace.

Certification

We certify products, facilities, processes and systems to industry-wide standards and requirements recognized by UL. Through defined requirements and schedules for reassessment or re-evaluation, the long-term advantages of a UL certification is ensured.

Advisory

With a full range of advisory services including but not limited to troubleshooting product development issues, training in global market access and improvement for sustainable ROI, we help you advance your business in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Verification

We assess products, facilities, processes and systems to determine the credibility of their marketing, advertising or promotional claims.

Testing

By continuously evolving our testing processes, we thrive and adapt in a constantly changing world. We help to ensure that your products and services meet proprietary specifications, government regulations and consumer expectations every step of the way.

APPARELS, TEXTILES, FOOTWEAR & LEATHER

About

Quality, fit and durability are all essential attributes in apparels, textiles, footwear and leather goods. Beneath that however, lies the need for safety, sustainability, and compliance to international standards and regulations. Implementation of sustainable chemistry and practices to protect consumers, workers and the environment is of utmost importance.

From the initial design phase, we perform in-depth and rigorous analysis to help you manufacture articles that satisfy thorough safety standards and launch winning products to the global markets. This optimizes products, to mitigate the risk of costly recalls, and protects brands.

We are by your side throughout the production cycle to assess risks and develop solutions to effectively evaluate the quality and safety of:

  • Accessories
  • Adult Clothing
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Home Textiles
  • Leather Goods

Services

We provide comprehensive offerings tailored specifically for apparels, textiles, footwear and leather industries. These include quality assurance, chemical services, physical and mechanical testing, regulatory compliance and sustainability checks such as UL Onsite Wastewater Assessment, based on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program to remove hazardous chemicals in the global value chain.

Our services include:
  • Care Instruction & Labelling
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Children’s Apparel
  • Fibre Analysis
  • Flammability
  • Global Market Access
  • Restricted Substances
  • Phthalate Testing
  • Promotional Claims Testing
  • Quality Inspections
  • Quality Management Systems Audit
  • Colourfastness Testing
  • Development Fabric & Production Testing
  • Dimentional Stability, Durability and Performance
Download our brochure ‘UL Services for Apparels, Textiles, Footwear & Leather’ to find out more!

APPLIANCES & HVAC/R

About

Commercial and home appliances have brought much convenience to our daily lives. Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to develop more innovative, feature-packed, high performance and energy efficient products. Internet of Things (IoT) has also enabled more sophisticated capabilities and as a result, residential and commercial products are becoming more interconnected and networkable.

Reliability engineering and testing services help reduce warranty costs and establish a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. Maximizing market access is necessary to maintain that competitive edge in today’s global landscape.

Product Categories:
  • Air Conditioners
  • Air Contitioning Equipment
  • Air Filters
  • Beverage Coolers
  • Beverage Dispensers
  • Commercial Refrigeration and Freezers
  • Compressors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ice Makers
  • Motor
  • Refrigeration Equipment
  • Ventilation Equipment

Services

Industry relationships, partnerships in various countries and thought leadership help us stay ahead of industry demands, global trends and required updates. Besides testing and certifying Appliances and HVAC/R products, we maintain a thorough understanding of various requirements and standards, including Gulf Mark (G Mark), CB Scheme, IEC, the European Gas Appliance Regulation, and much more. To acclimate to changing technologies, we are constantly adapting and evolveing to help ensure that you get the fast and reliable service desired.

Service Offerings:
  • Advisory Service
  • Certification Conversion Program
  • Claims Testing
  • Component Certification
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Acceptance Program
  • Energy Efficiency Testing
  • Field Evaluations
  • Global Market Access
  • Impact and Cycling Testing
  • Low Lead Certification
  • Packaging Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Pre-certification Review
  • Product Development
  • Prototyping
  • Reliability Testing
  • Risk Analysis
  • Sanitation Certification
  • Seismic Testing
  • Sourcing
  • Sustainability Certification
  • Training Services
Download our brochure to learn more about our new ASEAN Appliances & HVAC/R laboratory service offerings!

BUILDING MATERIALS

About

When it comes to building materials, architects, regulatory authorities, manufacturers, insurers, building owners, and other partners of the building materials community rely on UL for the services and knowledge on how to enhance public safety, meet regulatory demands, protect brand value and successfully access the global market.

With our expertise in regulations, we are perfectly positioned to help you achieve safety and innovation with flexible, customised service options for reliable, cost-effective product testing and certification.

Services

We possess a comprehensive service portfolio for products including roofing, floors, fire doors, walls, insulation, paints, adhesives, wall coverings and so much more. Our solution includes:

  • Technical engineering support services, factory capability assessments, quality assurance, regulatory compliance testing, sustainability and environmental certifications.
  • Customization of testing and analysis as well as development of testing plans and regulatory advisory services.
  • Field inspection, engineering services and the ability to conduct testing in a customer’s laboratory through our Data Acceptance Program (DAP).
  • Product evaluation services to help determine compliance with model installation code based on requirements. Combined with UL safety certification for building products, our code evaluation service can facilitate market acceptance quickly and efficiently.
Download our brochure to gain insights on testing, certification and training for building materials!

ENERGY

About

Electricity runs our homes and businesses; in many ways, electricity runs our world. Interest in harnessing renewable, green and cost effective energy is increasing as fossil fuels are depleting each year. From gas and oil, renewable energy solutions (PV/solar, wind and smart grids) to utilities, batteries and energy storage, inverters, smart meters, fuel cells and power options for e-mobility vehicles, we fully support our customers’ drive to bring safer products and services to the marketplace. We work diligently with energy innovators to protect this generation and the next, all while inspiring the search for the next great innovative leap.

Services

Our aim is to serve the entire energy industry, from traditional power sources to the newest solutions. The surge in demand for power means certification, testing, inspection and performance of engine generator equipment and installations become of great importance to regulators. With our safety science expertise, we help manufacturers understand how products perform under anticipated usage and various hazardous scenarios – including abuse – during discharge and recharge cycles. We also assist stakeholders plan, design, finance, build, invest, operate, maintain, and manage projects. Our extensive and flexible service portfolio includes:

  • Asset Management
  • Construction Monitoring and Management
  • Energy Storage Solutions
  • Global Market Access
  • Grid Solutions
  • Inspection & Certification
  • Installation
  • Performance Testing
  • Project Development Support
  • Project Services
  • Technical Advisory Services
  • And more...
Click here to learn more about our service offerings for the different power sources and let us support you in your next energy project!

FIRE SAFETY

About

Our founder, William Henry Merrill, was hired to investigate the fires at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, a world’s fair that took place in Chicago. Over a century later, and we are still contending with similar issues —short circuits, faulty wiring, shoddy manufacturing; anything that could cause a product to catch fire.

Advances in materials, design and construction techniques offer new benefits but also present new challenges and risks, making fire more dangerous today than it was in the past. Through analysis of field data and conduction of live burn experiments, we expand our understanding of fire behaviours and continue to progress safety science across this increasingly complex Fire Safety ecosystem. We innovate computational modelling techniques to more extensively examine potential fire risks while studying electrical fires to gain new insights about this growing hazard.

Services

We provide customized services, fire safety testing, certification and training for manufacturers, regulatory authorities, building owners, insurance companies and the fire safety community. Our services span the entire life cycle of a product. We offer technical consultations and guidance throughout product development by testing to ascertain anticipated product performance and reliability. Some of these products include:

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Egress Signs & Devices
  • Emergency Alarms
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flammable & Combustible Liquid Equipment
  • Fire Alarms
  • Fire Apparatus & Equipment
  • Fire Resistance Doors
  • Fire Resistive & Circuit
  • Pipes & Fitting
  • Pumps & Engines
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Smoke Alarms & Detectors
  • Water Mist Systems Intergrity Cables
  • Fire Sprinklers & Components
  • Valves
Want to learn more about fire safety and the comprehensive list of services we provide? Click here!

FURNITURE & BEDDING

About

The new realities of business require furniture manufacturers to manage a broad set of compliance challenges centering on safety, quality and environmental leadership. Consumers and building industry professionals are increasingly demanding healthier, more sustainable products with reliance on third-party certifiers to verify product claims as well as guide their purchasing and specification decisions. We understand the struggle and we’re here to help you overcome the challenges of today’s furniture market. Our solutions encompass various categories:

  • Office Furniture
  • Residential Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Retail Displays
  • Institutional Furniture (i.e. schools & hospitals)

Services

We offer vital services for every stage of furniture and bedding manufacturing from prototype to finalization. Through factory capability and social compliance assessments, we help determine risks even before production begins.

From raw materials and components to accessories and packaging, we;

  • provide safety certifications in compliance to international regulations and standards such as ANSI, BIFMA, UL, JIS, GB, FIRA, ACCREDIA, ISO, etc.
  • provide performance, durability and mechanical testing, chemical and emission testing, flammability testing, and sustainability offerings.
  • develop production-testing plans and provide guidance on regulatory details from labelling requirements to record keeping.

Other certification programs that we offer includes:

  • Wellness Certification
    Helps demonstrate a product’s contribution to requirements in Fitwel, the world’s leading certification system that optimizes buildings to support health.
  • GREENGUARD Certification
    Ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.
  • BIFMA Performance Certification
    Certifies that office furniture products meet BIFMA performance and durability standards.
  • UL Verification Mark
    Helps validate your marketing claims, demonstrates performance, authenticity and quality to consumers through stringent testing.

We also provide various tools and equipment to furniture manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, architects and designers:

  • SPOTTM
    Web-based product sustainability information tool that provides visibility and facilitates the selection of credible green products while enabling the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow.
  • Advanced Furniture Testing
    Offers world class testing equipment and accessories for any in-house furniture testing needs.
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Lighting

About

Rapidly evolving perspectives on energy and public safety has become prevalent. This, combined with today’s technological advances, drive the evolution of the lighting industry and provides greater opportunities in spite of the growing challenges. Customers rely on our safety science expertise, worldwide presence, and active involvement in the lighting industry to gain accelerated access to the global marketplace and to meet regulatory requirements for lighting products such as lighting components, OLED panels, luminaries and signs, retrofit kits, lighting controls, lamp and light bulbs, including integral LED, compact fluorescent and other self-ballasted lighting.

Services

By building relationships with the entire lighting supply chain, including manufacturers, retailers, showrooms, designers, regulatory authorities, government agencies and consumers, we offer targeted services to meet the particular needs of every facet in the lighting industry. Our global lighting expertise in testing, certification and standards-developing activities enable you to maximize cost-saving, bundling offers and eliminate unnecessary redundant testing.

  • We help customers meet the performance and energy efficiency requirements in support of programs such as ENERGY STAR®, California Energy Commission, DesignLights Consortium, Lighting Facts, NRCan and Zhaga, demonstrating adherence to safety and energy efficiency standards to regulatory authorities.
  • We also conduct testing for IESNA LM-79, IESNA LM-80, IESNA LM-82 and fluorescent lamp ballast testing requirements.
  • We design and manufacture lighting testing equipment for performance and reliability testing. Standard test equipment includes:
    • High speed mirror goniophotometers for testing lamps an luminaires
    • Lamp life test stations for testing lamps
    • Lamp base torque test stations for R&D and quality control
    • Retro reflex test stations for testing automotive and bicycle reflectors
    • Custom test equipment and fixtures built to your specifications
Click here to explore the new opportunities we are bringing to the lighting industry, along with our full range of lighting solutions!

Toys

About

Toys bring great joy and are an essential part of every child's development. However, poorly designed toys could pose serious safety hazards especially if they contain toxic elements, which may adversely impact a child's health and development. Consumers will not make a purchase if they doubt the toy's safety.

Toy companies gain a true competitive edge by focusing on product development, toy safety, compliance, regulatory risks, and accessing new markets. The toy industry is highly regulated in order to protect the safety and health of young consumers. Manufacturers need to demonstrate a safety-first approach in their products to meet regulations and stand out from competitors.

Services

Wherever you source or sell, our international network of accredited laboratories and services will help you mitigate supply chain risk and launch toys that delight children and parents alike. Our advisory team can help you maximize your supply chain efficiency, get your products to all target markets, ensure that they fulfil international toy safety standards and propose changes that may impact quality and compliance.

Our full suite of services identify hazards early in the toy designing process through:

  • Design and Age-grading Evaluation
  • EC Type Examinations for European Mark
  • Food Contact Compatibility
  • Foreseeable use/misuse
  • Human Factors Evaluations
  • Intended & Unintended User
  • Label Evaluation and Verification
  • Labelling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA)
  • Restricted Substance Evaluation
  • Risk & Safety Assessments
  • Sensory Evaluation & Consumer Studies
  • Toxicological Risk Assessments (TRA)
  • Toy Life-cycle Assessment

We can assist with every aspect of toy testing, inspections and audits throughout the production process:

  • Antimicrobial Effectiveness
  • Chemical Analysis & Product / Package
  • Electrical & Electronic Component
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • Final Random Inspections (FRI)
  • Flammability
  • Initial Production Inspections (IPI)
  • In-Process Quality Checks (IPQC)
  • Loading Inspections
  • Mechanical & Physical
  • Production Monitoring
  • Pre-Shipment Inspections (PSI)
  • Top of Production (TOP) Inspections
Click here to learn more about the toy industry and how we support our customers in this business!

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